Re: [rest-discuss] Re: request to register 'profile' link relation (http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-wilde-profile-link-03)
- Andrei Neculau wrote:
>As I understand it, 'describedby' relates to the *resource* while
> Description: The relationship A "describedby" B asserts that
> resource B provides a description of resource A. There are no
> constraints on the format or representation of either A or B,
> neither are there any further constraints on either resource.
'profile' relates to the *representation* and the two should not be
mixed. I may have one 'describedby' linked to by each variant (conneg)
of a resource, which says nothing about document syntax, while each
variant is a different media type -- with or without a profile saying
nothing descriptive about the resource, only the syntax used by that
So the difference is inherent in the protocol's separation of resource
from representation, and has nothing to do with whether either relation
type is meant to be dereferenced or treated as an identifier.